The Colombian government plans to devote more than $16 million USD to fund 88 piers throughout the country capable of serving smaller ships in an initiative that is part of a larger $25 million USD investment into 21 total projects aimed at strengthening tourism in the Andean nation.
Photo: The majority of the funding will go toward the construction of 88 piers on various waterways in Colombia. (Credit: MinCIT).
The investment plan, which was announced last month by the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MinCIT), also calls for an investment of $5.6 million USD into seven projects dedicated to promoting nature tourism and cultural tourism in a wide range of departments, including the rural and sparsely populated areas of Vichada, Vaupés, Guainía, Guaviare, Caquetá, Chocó, and Amazonas.
Another project will provide funding for a gastronomic enclosure in Santa Rosa de Cabal, a popular tourism town in Risaralda.
Roughly $600,000 USD was allocated to finance two specific projects aimed at, respectively, stimulating tourism in areas with vulnerable populations and strengthening tourism businesses within the Antioquia-Chocó tourist corridor through the Urabá tourist route.
About half a million dollars will go to Fontur to spend on the promotion and bolstering of tourism across 40 Colombian cities.
Finally, MinCIT noted that around $1.3 million USD will be invested into customer service, data analysis tools, and other programs that will support the tourism sector.